NYC Pay Phones Pivot To Become Information Hubs

A plan to transform 250 of New York's city phone booths into touchscreen information hubs begins today, following a succesful pilot. The initiative is a collaboration between New York, Cisco and City 24/7, and will eventually reach all five boroughs in the Big Apple.

As well as offering directions and local information to passersby, the screens can be used in emergencies--imagine how useful they might have been during Hurricane Sandy--as two-way distress devices that pump out emergency updates. Tom Touchet, City 24/7's CEO, admitted that the screens underwent a toughening-up process before being installed, but New Yorkers have been treating them with the respect they deserve.

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